Tesla introduces free solar-powered car charging stations

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. plans to make a network of fast-charging stations powered by solar energy. Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. plans to make a network of fast-charging stations powered by solar energy, according to Bloomberg.

Tesla has come under pressure recently thanks to struggling production, which has slowed sales. However, the manufacturer also noted that many consumers are worried about the limited range on electric vehicles. Tesla's highest-end cars sport an industry-high 300-mile range.

To address this problem, the company plans to install as many as 100 fast-charging stations over the next four years. These installations will include solar panels, either tied to the local grid or connected to an on-site battery.

A proprietary charging connection will provide 100 kilowatts of power to between four and six cars at a time entirely free of charge. In around half an hour, the charger will provide enough power to drive around 150 miles, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

"[The chargers offer] a level of convenience equivalent to gasoline cars for all practical purposes," said Tesla founder Elon Musk. "We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight."

PennEnergy's Research area considers the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in the U.S.

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